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Learn how to freeze zucchini by placing sliced zucchini on a baking sheet to be frozen after cooking and shocking.
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How to Freeze Zucchini (Slices & Shredded)

Do you have extra fresh zucchini squash you want to freeze?  Learn How to Easily Freeze Zucchini that has been cut into slices or finely shredded.  Store it in a freezer-safe bag to use in your favorite soup, stir-fry, bread, and muffin recipes all year long!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Freezing Time: 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 33 kcal


  • 4 Zucchini squash rinsed and scrubbed


Freezing Zucchini Slices:

  1. Cut and remove both ends from the zucchini squash.
    Instructional photos for chopping the ends off of zucchini to freeze the zucchini.
  2. Slice into ½-inch pieces.
    Step by step instructions for chopping zucchini into slices to be frozen for future recipes.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and boil zucchini slices for 1 minute.
    Step by step instructructional photos for blanching zucchini by cooking zucchini in a pot of boiling water.
  4. Remove zucchini with a slotted spoon and immediately immerse into an ice bath until cool to the touch.
    Instructional pictures for shocking summer squash by placing cooked zucchini immediately into an ice bath to halt cooking and then drying them off.
  5. Dry off with a paper towel or dish towel.
  6. Place squash pieces in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

    Instructional pictures for preparing zucchini to be frozen by putting them on a large baking sheet.
  7. Freeze for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  8. Place frozen zucchini pieces into a large gallon-sized ziplock bag and store for up to 3-4 months in the freezer.

    Sliced zucchini is placed into a freezer ziplock bag for keeping in the freezer for future recipes.

Freezing Shredded Zucchini:

  1. Shred zucchini using a food processor or a boxed grater.

  2. Wring out as much moisture as possible using a cheese cloth.
  3. It's best that you do this BEFORE freezing to prevent a mushy mess after thawing.
  4. Measure and store zucchini in 1 cup portions in 1-quart freezer safe bags.

Recipe Notes

  • To thaw:  Place the bag of frozen zucchini in the refrigerator overnight, soak it in room temperature water for a few hours, or pop it in the microwave.
Nutrition Facts
How to Freeze Zucchini (Slices & Shredded)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 33 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 512mg15%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 392IU8%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.